Check out this brand new documentary – Hired Gun – which takes a look at the “unique fraternity of musicians that possess uncommon musical ability, but who made a conscious decision to make a living playing music in relative obscurity.”
The documentary features in it’s extensive line-up, John 5 – who has worked with Dave Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Meatloaf, Rod Stewart – to name but a few – and is interviewed – along with friend and front-man Rob Zombie.
Find out more: http://www.hiredgunthefilm.com
FOR AUCTION: Personal John 5 guitar signed by John 5, Rob Zombie & friends for the Ruben Velasco Legacy Fund
As many of you will recall, a few months ago, John 5’s good friend Ruben Valesco – also his guitar tech on many tours – passed away after a valiant fight against stage 4 cancer. Since then the Ruben Velasco Legacy Fund has been set up in honor of him and his love of protecting the health and safety of animals.
John 5 has given away this very personal gift to the charity to be auctioned – a gold Squier Telecaster named “Son of Goldie” (in reference to his main gold Telecaster people see him with) and has got a bunch of friends to sign it too.
This was his personal instrument for many years, played on stage while on tour with Rob Zombie. Several marks on the guitar show the instrument’s well-worn patina and recall his frenetic head-banging style. Accompanying its authentic marks are autographs from his fellow musicians: Rob Zombie, Billy Idol, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), and John 5 himself.
This rare piece of music memorabilia is a vision in gold, and comes with a matching headstock, hardware, and a mirrored pickguard. Sales from this guitar will benefit The Fur and Feather Animal Sanctuary and Ruben’s Legacy.
You can bid for it here: ifonly.com/music/squier-telecaster-guitar-signedjohn-5-rob-zombie
Auctions ends end of September.
During the recent break for the Return of the Dreads tour, John 5 spoke to Korea Guitar about the new Rob Zombie album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, about working with KISS legend Ace Frehley, how he came up with his signature make-up look and why he chooses Telecaster as he his axe weapon of choice.
To read the interview in full, go here: koreaguitar1.wordpress.com/john-5-interview/
Before going on his March tour with The Creatures, John 5 conducted an interview with Reverb.com*. In it he chats “about his writing relationship with Rob Zombie, the particulars of his signature guitar and what hundreds of guitars are in his collection“.
To read the interview in full, go to: reverb.com/interview-john-5
* interview published after the tour
John 5 talks about upcoming projects with Rob Zombie and Ace Frehley with The Music Room. The interview took place before the John 5 and The Creatures show earlier this month at The Southgate House.
To read the interview in full: musicroom.me/john-5-juggling-chainsaws/
Before setting out on the latest Creatures tour, John 5 had a chat with BestRocklist.com. In this interview, he discusses and expands on a range of topics, including why he is releasing a new video and digital single each month this year, what working on the new Zombie album has been like, meeting the fans, and his recent collaborations with Dave Lee Roth and his hero Ace Frehley.
To read the interview in full, go here: bestrocklist.com/interview-john-5
John 5 and The Creatures will be embarking on a tour this coming March. It comes on top of what will be three single releases this year (Black Grass Plague in Jan, Behind The Nut Love in Feb and Making Monsters in March). Ahead of that tour, and ahead of an appearance in Pittsburgh, John 5 had a chat with the Pittsburgh Music Magazine to discuss the tour, the next Rob Zombie album, his relationship with Zombie and more.
To rad the interview in it’s entirety, go to: pittsburghmusicmagazine.com/2016/02/15/john-5
John 5 has donated his stage outfit to be auctioned as part of the Benefit for Tony MacAlpine.
John wore this on the most recent Rob Zombie 2014-2015 tours, and has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world.
Speaking about the decision to donate, John says; “I’m putting up my stage outfit to help raise money for my good friend Tony MacAlpines Cancer fund. I wore this outfit for hundreds of shows it’s in tons of pictures happy bidding.”
The outfit will be auctioned on eBay from December 12, 2015, Pacific Time and will end December 19. You can find out more, here: http://www.tonymacalpine.com/benefitfortony/john-5/
John 5 will be joining Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan and a host of other musicians as a benefit concert, this Saturday in LA. Find out more here: john-5.com/j5-signs-up-for-benefit-show/
You can view the outfit in full with John, by clicking here >>> (more…)
John 5 recently sat down with Capital Chaos TV to discuss his own career as well as working with Rob Zombie.
“I’m lucky to be doing what I’m doing; it’s a true gift“.
To watch, click >>> (more…)
John 5: “I just really enjoy having a guitar around me and being involved with really good musicians.”
Broken Records Online chat with John 5 about touring, why he picked Doyle as his first choice touring partner (“[he’s a] real life superhero“), what defines music for John 5 and how he lights the creative spark.
They also talk about why he created a “Greatest Hits” album and what shaped his career – including speaking about length about his time in Marilyn Manson and his continued work with Rob Zombie; “I’m a sponge. There’s a reason why Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie are so successful. They’re making the right decisions. They understand what’s going on.”
This is a really interesting interview. Enjoy: brokenrecordsonline.com/interviews/john-5
John 5 speaks to the Phoenix New Times about not getting bored; “How could I ever get bored?” he laughs. “There’s too many crazy and innovative things I’m trying to do“; whether he might burn out with how busy he is: “It’s a very true thing, but I don’t ever notice it,” and about scoring the new Rob Zombie movie 31.
John 5 also talks about his next instrumental record for which he is already 5 songs in and Alice Cooper.
To read the interview in full, go here: phoenixnewtimes.com/john-5s-upcoming-solo-record
[LISTEN] John 5 talks to GuitCast about music business, his new solo album, new videos and much more
A great new podcast from GuitCast.com with John 5 as he chats about the music business, his new solo album, new videos, Greatest Hits CD, live DVD, national solo tour and a new Rob Zombie album already mixed and mastered.
He also teases about a new solo album. “For an album title he’s leaning towards “Making Monsters”, based on the idea of the old Aurora monster kits. He says the album will be another instrumental album stating “I already have a singer…he’s [Rob Zombie] about as good as it gets”. Backing up John on the new album will be Ian Ross on bass guitar and Rodger Carter on drums.”
To listen to podcast, go to: guitcast.com/episode-39-john-5
Guitar International interviews John 5 – “one of the hardest working musicians on the planet” – as he readies himself for another John 5 and The Creatures tour, with special guest Doyle. John 5 is also set to release his first Greatest Hits album, and the three new tracks that will be featured on that album; “Behind the Nut,” “Mad Monster Party,” and “The Black Grass Plague”.
To read the interview in full, go to: guitarinternational.com/john-5-learning-is-my-drug
Watch this interview from syracuseskullcollective with John 5, filmed as the Zombie crew played at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena earlier this month.
He talks to the guys about touring, home life and horror. He also talks about his time with Manson, what inspires him and who his dream tour partner is.
To watch the interview in all and see how to read a review from that show, click >>> (more…)
J5 speaks to regenmag: “You just have to keep up with the way people are absorbing music and get it to them in the best way possible”
In another great interview, John 5 speaks to regenmag.com about “his career and his music, touching on his love for Fender Telecasters, his rigorous touring routine, and how he has survived the changes in the music industry.”
He also sheds light on what its like to work with Rob Zombie; “It’s comfortable enough to be able to say, ‘This is good,’ or ‘That’s not good,’ or to say, ‘This is great, let’s use this!’” and todays audience’s greater acceptance of different styles of music; “I love all sorts of music – country, bluegrass, flamenco, and I think it’s important to present all of that and inspire people along the way.”
To read the interview in full go to: regenmag.com/interviews/john-5-interview-hail-to-the-king-of-blackgrass/
This is one of those interviews worth taking the time over. Before he sets out on two tours – one with The Creatures and the other with Rob Zombie; John 5 chatted to Screamer Magazine about EVERYTHING.
In this truly career spanning interview, John 5 talks about growing up, the Manson years, his early days in LA, his influences, family, Zombie and his solo career.
A new documentary called “Hired Gun” is currently in post production. “Hired Gun is a compelling film about a unique fraternity of musicians that possess uncommon musical ability, but who made a conscious decision to make a living playing music in relative obscurity. Occasionally, one of them makes the big time and becomes a star in their own right.”
For the documentary, John 5 – who has worked with Dave Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Meatloaf, Rod Stewart – to name but a few – will be interviewed – along with friend and front-man Rob Zombie (still from interview footage above) .
You can find out more about the documentary here: http://www.hiredgundoc.com
Backstageaxxess caught up with John 5 recently in the midst of his solo tour, to discuss his latest album, his solo tour, The Creatures, the release of his upcoming album with Rob Zombie and the selling off his KISS poster collection.
To read excerpts and find out how to read in full, click >>> (more…)
In this interview with 100 Percent Rock, John 5 speaks about his solo tours, what are the accomplishments of his career, what home comforts he has taken on the road, and much more.
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Fresh from his recent recording of That Metal Show (to air Sat. 5 March on VH1 Classic at 9/8C), Hardrock Haven spoke with John 5. In the chat 5 discusses Careful with that Axe, what fans can expect from the solo live shows, what he thinks of the new Rob Zombie live record Spookshow International Live, and gives an update on the new Zombie album.
To listen, click: hardrockhaven.net/2015/03/interview-john-5/
John 5 will be taking the John 5 and The Creatures tour to Ripper’s Rock House in Ohio on March 8th.
Ahead of that show, KNAC.com contributor Geoff Ketler had a chance to have a chat with John, to talk to him about “his solo career, inspiration, the new Rob Zombie album” and much more.
To read excerpts from the interview, click >>> (more…)
J5 speaks to Mayhem Music Magazine about his new tour; “I think people are going to have a lot of fun with it”
In a couple of weeks time, John 5 will embark on his first solo tour. Complete with a drummer (the legendary Rodger Carter) and bassist (step up Mr Ian Ross), John 5 will be touring dates in the West Coast and mid-states. If scheduling with Zombie allows (” My first priority is Rob Zombie. I just have to check with scheduling and see how we’re looking in the world of Zombie.”), the show will expand to the East Coast too.
Check out excerpts from John 5’s recent interview with Mayhem Music Magazine, where he discusses touring with John 5 and The Creatures, recording Careful With That Axe and much more by clicking >>> (more…)